A loss is a loss, of course, but it needs to be put into perspective. Benfica never lost this year at home and conceded the last goal in December. Juve scored and this is vital ahead of the return leg. The match was honestly an agony because of the early goal, but Juve played fairly good. The result was slightly unfair.
Some sharpness was missing in the final third, Juventus had some chances but couldn’t capitalize. Benfica had one and scored, while Lima invented a goal out of the blue. They are a quality team, but playing at home helped a great deal.
They are able to deploy some really fluid and fast counters thanks to the plethora of pacey players they field, this will be surely something Juventus will have to defend themselves from in the return leg. The qualification is wide open: Juve don’t have the upper hand, like they would have with the 1-1, but it’s absolutely doable.
Buffon: 5.5. He hasn’t made a save all game. I don’t know if he could do more on the first could, which was a terrific header, he stretched and barely touched it. The second one was a precise rocket.
Caceres: 6. He was often in the right place at the right time, but he was a little too imprecise in his passing. Overall not a bad performance.
Bonucci: 4. He lost Garay in the box on a corner kick after two minutes, that’s inexcusable. He misplaced many long balls once again. A bit too distant from Lima in the second goal, even though that was a sudden play.
Chiellini: 5.5. He hustled all night long, like he usually does. However, on the set pieces situation, Benfica dominated and he is the most physical player out there. He fell for the Cavaleiro fake that generated the second goal.
Lichsteiner: 6.5. He had room and he created some chances that were not exploited. He combined well with Pogba and defended well against the dangerous Siqueira.
Pogba: 6.5. He was sharp, he moved well, he’s returning the Pogba we used to know. Unfortunately, he never shot or went in the box.
Pirlo: 5.5. He tackled a lot more than he is accustomed to. His distribution was ok, but when the opponent plays with such a high defense, I expect at least 4-5 precise through balls to beat it. It happened only once.
Marchisio: 6. He played well and provided a lot of energy. He also attacked a lot, but that miss on the one-on-one is costly. But we are recovering the real Marchisio. He set up the goal.
Asamoah: 6.5. Inexplicably, he wasn’t served much, despite the room he had. He gave a golden ball for Tevez on that back cut that generated the goal.
Tevez: 7.5. He broke his European curse with a great goal. Despite the result, his goal is really crucial. He delivers.
Vucinic: 5. It looked like he run out of gas when he was starting to pick up his game. He was fielded to have more playmaking and to hurt the high defensive line, but he rarely succeeded and when that happened, he had a bad first touch or wasn’t precise enough.
Giovino: 6. Nothing special, he didn’t manage to break free despite Luisao slow pace.
Osvaldo: no rating.
Lets hope we turn this tie around at home, a simple 1-0 is all we need!
i believe but Benfica is a hard team
They are a good team, but we dominated them in their home. It wasn’t by much, but we were the better team even though we lost. I don’t really have much worries for the 2nd tie. It would suprise me if they win.
we dominated them?!?!? not even close of that, maybe just a bit in the second half
Well, maybe we didn’t dominate Benfica, but we sure dominated Real at home
That has nothing to do with this game though.
I know, but my point is that we were able to dominate Real, and they are a better team than Benfica, so we can do it against on Thursday.
of course we can, but has nothing to do with our match with Real
Dominating is a big word, but we were better in their home. Still it doesn’t make me worry.
that’s more like it
They are good, but we’ve been in tougher situations than this. And they are no Bayern or Real Madrid, we should beat them and win the final too!
Rest in peace Tito.
Seriously? Caceres our best defender? Did you even watch the game?
he really was
No, no he wasn’t.. He was almost as bad as bonucci.. Chiellini was by far our best defender.
Now i can’t agree with you anymore. Chiellini was our best defender by far, but Bonucci was our worst by far.
Woah, Vilanova died.. Rest in peace, cruel way to go
This sucks. This morning media was reporting he was stable… shit decease. RIP Tito.
RIP Tito, i’m really sad
So sad how in just a year a man can go from being in the worlds best to ending up on a bed because of cancer……………..
Cool Nike commercial featuring our very own architect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYOV7NPuyp4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
”I’m glad that wasn’t me” haha.
Lol and Kobe said “great header”
I thought this was awesome the first time I watched it but after popping up on the last 20 YouTube videos ive watched and now here.. F*ck this advert!!
Meet commercials. Great and hilarious at first (some of em), annoying as f*ck after 2 or 3 times.
Wow Pjanic scored an amazing goal against Milan today.
amazing goal yes …. but milan’s defence was very poor on the play .. beautiful goal nonetheless.
That wasn’t even defense, that was just 2 idiots throwing their legs aimlessly around trying to get the ball from him lol.
Yesterday was the 19th year anniversary of Andrea Fortunato’s death, and also Tito Vilanova’s death. Both men died from cancer, Fortunato from leukemia and Vilanova from throat cancer, but both men will never be forgotten. RIP Tito, RIP Fortunato.
Roma are seriously just waiting for us to make a mistake…. Why can’t they just fuck off? 😛
Let them wait. We can make 2 mistakes without them taking 1st place and that just aint gonna happen.
roma is doing all of this in vain, at the end of the day, they’ll have no trophy and they can go celebrate a 2nd place finish .. our coach has been stressing over an 8 point lead on Roma for months … his apprehension and lack of common sense will inevitably lead to us getting kicked out of the europa league…
Boakye scored yesterday. How much do you think we could get by selling our half of him?
We should offer our half of him and cash to Torino for the other half of immobile.
Not that much tbh, he hasn’t done very well this season
I remember we were saying he was gonna be our next striker. That turned upside down real quick.
fuck Vidal might have knee surgery and if he does he will be done for the season and lose fitness going into the world cup.
With all the reports about Balotelli getting into fueds with Milan and them wanting to sell him we should really try to get him
As an Italy fan im fine with him not being fully fit for the WC but as a juventus fan fuuuuuuuck
As for balotelli, I’d love us to sign him but it’s just never going to happen unfortunately
I wouldn’t be okay with Vidal not being fit for the world cup, despite Holland playing them in the group stage and with Vidal in form Chile is likely to take the 2nd place in that group. A good world cup would give him ALOT of experience which he can use when playing in the CL with us.
As for Balotelli, i would love to have him too. It’s not very likely that we’ll sign him, but you never know. Where else would he go if it aint working out with Milan? He won’t go back to England, he was unhappy there. Big chance he will stay in Italy.
I don’t think he will stay in Italy tbh but if he does it will only be with juve or milan
he’ll go back to england if anything … he liked it there.
then again, if suarez was able to do a 180 and make everyone forget about his stupidity the last few years, then its highly possible someone can get balo to do the same…. suarez’s career was on the down slide big time a year ago at this time and now he’s being celebrated and one of the best players on the planet.
No suarez was still among the top scorers of epl last year. His on field incidents were just more serious. Balo isnt doing poor but he’s not doing great either in terms of goals
He liked it there?? He cursed all of england when he explained why he didn’t like it there…
theyve been worse to him in his stints in Italy, both with Inter and now with Milan .. Italians are shameful, they go for the jugular when they want to insult you .. i dont agree with all the racism and hooliganism in Italy, its pathetic and embarassing… italy should be ashamed of itself the way it has declined societally, the way the fans act, the way for example, fiorentina fans mock the death of 39 Juventini, the way black players are treated when they go to stadiums (Juve fans included), the way the fans revolt using poor reasons for justifying their actions.. they should open up their eyes and see whats going on in the rest of europe with full vibrant stadiums and a family atmosphere for all.. its an absolute joke. we were #1 just a few years back and now on the verge of being #5 in Europe. Thats bad.
Balotelli would be fine with playing in England, but he didn’t like living there. That’s why i think he still prefers Italy over England.
Ofcourse you are 100% right about everything you said in this reply. fans in Italy are something to be ashamed of and they need to open their eyes. Our fans were even making racist chants while Pogba was on the field for us. Atleast they are working on getting the stadiums upgraded.
its a process .. when i see the pther top leagues and how beatiful their games look on the television, it saddens me to see how pathetic the scene is in most stadiums in italy,,,,try watching a home game for teams like cagliari, parma, chievo, verona, livorno and the list goes on and on .. its awful.
oh yes, we forgot, you cheer for 11 teams in the world cup …
i think balo would be a good fit here, and would be a nice project for conte, but maybe not .. he hasnt been able to do much with Osvaldo so maybe he isnt god after all…
I cheer for all the Latin American teams and Italy except Mexico. My country’s biggest claim to fame in a WC is getting destroyed by Hungary 10-1 so I have little choice.
And people say i am close minded. adp surpasses me by far in that matter.
No, you forgot. You don’t know if everyone did. And what’s wrong with it? I cheer for Holland and i’d like to see alot of countries do well and i have a damn good reason for all of them.
Also, don’t compare Osvaldo with Balotelli, please. Balotelli has so much more talent than Osvaldo.
not only in WC, most of you guys cheer for 10 teams in Serie A and more in other leagues 😛
I only cheer for 1 team in Serie A, but the league has alot of beautiful clubs. So does the EPL and the leagues that are below the EPL in England. So does even the dutch league. Just because you are a fan of a club, doesn’t mean you have to hate everything else.
i don’t hate every club unless the ones i support in each league, i’m just saying that when i ask here things like “who you supporting in WC or this or that league?” and you all answer a list of clubs
Re-read what i said in the previous post to get an answer for that. There are so many great clubs in each league. In Holland i have a couple of clubs i really like and for each club i have a good reason. In England i support Arsenal for personal reasons and Notts because of obvious reasons. Besides them there are many clubs i’d like to see do well. For example i am very happy Leicester promoted to the Premier League. Next season i’m hoping Leeds will do the same. In Italy it’s just Juve, but besides Juve i always want Milan to reach CL. And there are plenty of great clubs in Italy besides Juve. I think the majority on this site is happy that Palermo will be back in the Serie A for example.
In the world cup it’s not really so different. There is only one country i support at first and that is Holland. Then there are country’s i like and country’s i don’t like. I think we all have that, so that shouldn’t be too hard to understand. Then there are country’s that have Juve players playing for them, i want to see all of them do well, i think that’s understandable aswell. Then there are country’s that have players that i like, for example i am a big fan of Suarez, so for his sake i would like to see Uruguay do well, untill they go against a country i like more. I would have hoped the same for Sweden if they reached the world cup because of Ibra.
That’s how i think atleast. Understand?
why are you saying all that again? i already knew that :/ and i was not talking about you in particular. just that most of you guys support a lot of teams in every competition, i don’t think it’s something bad, it’s simply not my way to see things. ill be supporting Brazil in WC, but of course are teams i want to do well, like Portugal and Italy
So much for taking my time to explain another persons thought to you. You still don’t seem to understand, but whatever. You weren’t talking about me in particular, i know that. I just took myself as an example. The people you are talking about might think the same way as me, and that’s why they would give you a list of clubs when you ask who they support.
I don’t even watch the WC when Italy isn’t in it.. Last final i was helping my sister chose her wedding dress over watching the game!
WHY NOT?????? i don’t need to support any team to watch football, it’s just about the game
I feel betrayed :S Your beloved Dutch’s country was in it :'(
Osvaldo has caused no trouble though, that was the main worry with him. Balotelli doesn’t have much trouble on the field, sure hes a tad lazy but he’d get a lot better service here than with milan
And the lazy issue is what Conte could work on.
of course Balotelli would do better with us than with Milan but that doesn’t mean we should get him
We should though, he’s just what we need in attack
i would prefer a Falcao or a Ibra 😛 (dreams)
Ibra is a traitor and falcao.. Well he’s good (obviously) but I don’t think he brings the same things as balotelli and I think we need what balotelli brings more
Ibra is Ibra though. Being an Ibrahimovic is something totally new to this world.
I do like him and all but as a juve fan I can’t stand him so wouldn’t want him back
I wouldn’t mind. He will bring greatness to us and would easily take us 3 levels higher than we are now. He hasn’t been causing much problems at PSG and he said Juve is a nicer club than Inter.
i love him!! Malmö product!!
And dutch product 😛
Makes it all so much worse 😉
Rly? Ibra in Holland
i know you’re going to explode after reading this but Falcao is a thousand times better than Balotelli, LOL
Falcao in form vs Balotelli in form? Would probably be on par with eachother. The thing is that Balotelli has problems getting on form, and that’s what i would love to see Conte work on. We work better with Italians too and i think Conte can get the best out of Balotelli, like Prandelli can.
Falcao is nothing compared to to Balo on form
hm i dunno about that. Falcao can be amazing too. He killed the CL champions after winning the EL with Atletico.
He’s not though.. He can’t even do that well in the french league
he’s not having a good season. i agree
no way … ibra is the best on earth…
in my opinion he is, the best striker. who is then?
He doesn’t need to be a hard worker though, just get himself into the right positions to allow pirlo to work his magic.. Which he always does for Italy. I have no doubt he’d be a success here but unfortunately I just don’t see it happening
Marc arguing with himself 😀
That was a reply to someone -.-
Get that operation done ASAP. I want him fit for the WC. Chile is screwed without him and he deserves to play in it.
Rugani scored today.. Unfortunately it was past leali
anyone else this Roma’s midfield is just as good as ours?
De Rossi, Strootman, Pjanic and Nainggolan are all great
a few months ago when i said Nainggolan was really good and we should sign him everybody said he was not Juve matterial.
i think he should go to the WC. is he going?
He’s never really going to be happy as 5th choice which is what he would be here, that’s why we said he wasn’t good enough. As it stands I don’t think he will be but who knows?
gotta agree with Marc on this one. He won’t start over MMVP. He would be great for rotation, but he wouldn’t come for the bench when he is a starter on a solid team.
thats because most of the people on this website have no clue what they are talking about …. just because they say something, doesnt make it so…
that’s not like that i believe so. some of us just have different opinions, doesnt mean we have no clue of what we’re saying
We have Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba and Marchisio for a 3 men midfield. Vidal, Pirlo and Pogba are all better than him and have proven that they work well at Juve. Getting a new player is first of all always a gamble if he will work out. It’s debatable if he’s better than Marchisio or not. I haven’t seen him play enough to judge that, but at best he would be sitting on the bench most of the time like Marchisio is doing now. And for the bench i would much rather keep Marchisio. Marchisio in form is brilliant, we all know that and Marchisio breaths black and white, something we can’t expect of Nainggolan.
So good enough, just for the bench and for small matches. Do we need him? no, we don’t.
not me, ive always rated him. Hes definitely better than Bellami
Not called up yet, especially now that Januzaj decided to play for Belgium it’s far from certain he’ll get called up
It’s certainly up there
everytime i see nainggolan play he impresses me, he’s a beast.
very strong midfield.
So Luca Toni is now joint top scorer with 19 goals. I really hope Tevez can make it ahead of Toni and Immo. Good opportunity to score a few tomorrow against Sassuolo.
good old luca,fair play to the guy,how’s he doing this????
No idea dude, no one expected a 36yr old striker way past his prime to be Cappocononieri, but lifes full of surprises.
Im really happy for his personal season..world cup legend who must basque in that lovely olive oil that Italia produces lol
Especially when that life includes Luca Toni.
Luca Toni is life…..
I’d actually rather see one of those two get its over tevez. Especially Luca.. That would just be amazing to see
Because I have a great deal more love for Luca than I do tevez. As for immobile if he gets capocannoniere then it only increases the liklihood that he’ll return to juve.
I just copied that off somone else.. Didn’t think it was right! lol
i’d go for Tevez just because he’s Juve
Just because he plays for juve doesn’t mean I have to support him for individual awards
of course not, you were saying your reason to support Toni and i said mine to support Tevez
Well mines winning.. Lol
I would like to see Tevez win it, but only if Toni and Immobile don’t win it. Immobile might be our future and in a way he is Juve aswell. Maybe even more than Tevez. Toni is Toni. Even you should understand that. He has won for Italy, he has won for Juve, he is a winner and an Italian legend. A legend that won’t play that long anymore and winning this at 36 years of age would be amazing. It would make his legacy even bigger. And on top of that, he is a kind man and a great person.
Tevez plays for Juve, not Immobile. but i understand your point.
Yet Immobile might be more Juve than him. But for that reason i wouldn’t mind see Tevez win it. I’d be happy with all 3.
of course i wouldn’t be sad or angry if Toni or Immobile won it, i just want our players to be on top of every record or competition
Cuz he’s Italian right? Lol jk dude.
He was thought to be far pass his prime to only turn heads and actually challenge for top scorer with a newly promoted club(?). thats an amazing story. plus Luca is a nice guy.
I know nothings over till its over but win on monday and the scudetto is safe…….thursday…..COME ON JUVE!!!!!!!!!
Not yet. We will be 8 points ahead with 3 games to play.
immobile scores again!
Immobile scoring is almost a guarantee now lol #Cappocononieri
Did you guys know Giovinco has a little brother?
smaller brother? 😛
I doubt it xD
Giuseppe? Yeah I knew.. Thanks to FM
3 cheers for Cheer-o. We need him back in the squad next season, hes too good to play for Torino. Tevez-Immobile with Llorente as back up would be devastating.
llorente wont stay as back up, he was gonna give up after 2 months without playing, let along a whole season as back up, even though there will be some rotation
Also, Llorente is 3 years younger than Tevez, im sure Tevez will get his rest too next season.
Tevez is 30 and llorente is 29
Wait what.. really? Always thought Llorente was 27
Llorente wont be a “back up” like Marchisio isnt a “back up”. Its called having depth and being capable of rotating the team without much difference in quality.
Btw Llorente wasnt about to give in after two months. That was all media speculation making a meal of his mental stress and lack of playing time. he said that the reason for his lack of play is because he was worn out after the summer training because he wasnt accustomed to the large amount of intense running and thats why he didnt play. Anything else is just false speculation.
We’ll be playing 4-3-3 in CL. So llorente and immobile will both get plenty of time
If we don’t bring back Immobile then there’s something wrong, what more does this guy have to do to convince us?!
true, let’s wait and see
Benfica won today against Porto resting 90% of the starting team
So i missed the match… i had to return to the stupid world where im an adult and i must have a job.
Anyways im sure we could turn this tie around at our unshakable fortress, but did we at least play well? I know bonucci messed up on both occasions, but besides that, did we at least look threatening?
Our first half was poor, no chances at all except one offside header from Lichtsteiner, which also missed. Second half we got our acts together. We began to combine, put a lot of pressure on them and we got that vital away goal (Tevez’ European curse broken, huray) But yeah, that second Benfica goal came out of nowhere and we played for a second away goal but it just wouldn’t come. Bonucci was just horrible, Vucinic didnt do much either, Caceres had some mistakes, Marchisio was poor first half (yes he was Marc, one failed chance is all he did) but second half he improved a lot. Should have scored though. The rest of the team was okay
Agree with all excelt marchisio being poor first half, he wasn’t great but wasn’t poor either. Especially considering the fact the rest of the team were hardly on form.. Out of everyone in the first half marchisio did the most going forward.
Barzagli and Vidal will play against Sassuolo tonight.
Really? I know they are in the squad but I don’t know of they will actually play